In a recent letter, Mr. Phillips believes Donald Trump is “saying what all Americans have been thinking.” Not true.
Trump has said nothing that I have been thinking. I find Trump’s manner, interactions and disrespect for others to be the antithesis of a strong leader.Learn more »
Years ago, when Russia invaded Afghanistan, we covertly got involved and created what then became Al Qaeda.
We supplied and supported those who eventually turned on us and brought down the Twin Towers. After this, the one country which had absolutely nothing to do with this terrorist attack, Iraq, is overthrown by the Bush Administration by lying and fabricating false information.Learn more »
The Peace & Justice Center of Nevada County directors want to thank everyone who helped make our fair booth, “Our Children Need Peace to Thrive,” a great success:
— The 37 volunteers from the Brady Campaign, Creating Communities Beyond Bias, Child Advocates of Nevada County, Gather the Women, Grandmothers for Peace, Palestine/Israel Working Group, Partners Family Resource Centers, The Peace Alliance, NEO and the Mankind ProjectLearn more »
The Union newspaper has reported several times on what they call “Eskaton lawsuit.” May we set the record straight?
Eskaton Village Grass Valley Homeowners Association is being sued by two residents of the village.Learn more »
In her article in The Union on Aug. 24, Julie Pace describes President Obama’s popularity as “plummeting.”
I don’t know where this perception comes from. Perhaps because people hear such intensely critical statements about him, they assume those statements represent the majority of Americans’ views.Learn more »
Among the several decisions made by this session of the United States Supreme Court (2014-15) that validated the liberal point of view, perhaps none would be as decisive as the one on the Affordable Care Act, or King vs. Burwell.
By a margin of six to three the court upheld the law’s subsidies to all Americans regardless of whether the state they live in has, or has not, set up state exchanges. The decision really only effects states opposed to the Affordable Care Act and since California is not one of these states, why is the decision significant for us here? Besides reminding us all that Congress makes, and the Court interprets, the laws, Chief Justice Roberts emphasized the importance of a law’s intent, in this case the intent of the Affordable Care Act is to “improve the marketplace for health insurance, not destroy it.”Learn more »
It will be my curve that is going to be removed and become a straightaway with the Caltrans Safety Project 2018.
I own the property with the Joe Ruess Landscape Architect sign out front which has been a fixture on the highway since 1950. Along this manicured frontage is the clearly visible Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad bed which will be defaced and owned by Caltrans. Caltrans should never be allowed to own the Narrow Gauge Railroad Bed, which is a piece of our Nevada County history!Learn more »
Our home is five miles from Grass Valley. Several weeks ago on a Friday afternoon, we had no water.
We called Peter’s Drilling and Pump Service and they said they would schedule us for Saturday afternoon. They called back in half an hour and said they would provide service by noon on Saturday. Shortly thereafter, we were told they could arrive at the house by 8 a.m. Saturday morning. By 10 a.m. we had water. Someone at Peter’s made sure a situation didn’t become a major issue. The problem was correctly diagnosed and the repairs done in a timely manner. Thank you Peters and staff.Learn more »
Nevada Union High School has a wonderful new track except there is a problem. The school seems to have consulted with an arborist who believes that any tree in the proximity of the track poses a threat to the track even though the same trees peacefully coexisted with the old track, which lasted 17 years.
The dozen or more trees in question provide character, beauty, and shade to the track and football field which sets Nevada Union apart from the stark moonscapes of most other schools. The community needs to raise its voice to see if these trees can be saved. We may not have much time so I ask you to help save the trees in any way which you can. Thank you for your help.Learn more »
I read with interest Mr. Wayne Hild’s Aug. 4 letter to the editor, “Look at the real issues, Mr. LaMalfa.”
Every item that Mr. Hild suggested that the government should do are illegal per the Constitution. Article I, Section 8 lists the powers that the federal government has. The 10th Amendment further clarifies this by stating that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”Learn more »
In the Aug. 8 “Feedback” column, Greg Zeller makes the point that “we … need to look deeper and find the humanity in every person instead of judging people by appearance.”
I completely agree. Our “sameness” is far more significant than our differences.Learn more »
Recently I began to wonder if we would have, or could have, won, or even fought, World War II had the Environmental Protection Agency been in existence in 1940.
In March 1942, Gen. George S. Patton was ordered to establish an armored training center in the Mojave Desert. Many of our armored forces that fought in North Africa in 1942 and 43 trained there. With an EPA however, there would have been a two- or three-year period (assuming it was fast tracked) in preparing an environmental impact report. Once published, the report would have been challenged with another two or three years of litigation. American forces would have made it to North Africa sometime in 1947 or 1948. Of course, by then the Germans would have controlled all of North Africa, the Suez Canal and would have been well established in Saudi Arabia.Learn more »
A giant “thank you” to the wonderful local volunteers and businesses that brought the Children’s Festival to life again this year!
This Renaissance Faire for children was enjoyed by more than 2,400 attendees and included 24 crafts, refreshments, and entertainment including Claude the Dragon, the Troll, Pirates, the lovely Queen and her court, and fencers, musicians, dancers, fairies and even mermaids! It could not happen without the generous donations of time and materials of our community.Learn more »
Mr. Crabb’s article of Aug. 12 attempts to justify his use of the Confederate flag with the Nevada County Gold Miner logo. He outlines examples of brutalities committed upon Native Americans during the “conquering” of their land by the 49ers. All too true, as taught in our schools and history sites. Thus, we as a society are aware of the transgressions of our forefathers, from Salem to Seattle.
His causes, such as supporting the possible return of the Rancheria to the Nisenan, “from whom it was stripped” may be admirable, but his inferences that many such, “grave injustices have yet to be rectified,” suggest a personal axe to grind. That is OK!Learn more »
Sen. Bernie Sanders has boldly declared himself a democratic socialist. Many Americans are ignorant of what that means. I didn’t learn it in school.
Socialism is an economic system — not a political system. It is intended to reduce economic injustice and poverty. Political and economic systems can be mixed and matched. Europe has many successful democratic socialist countries with which the citizens are happy. Their economies and democracies both work better than ours.Learn more »
With this week’s good news that the Lowell Fire is 100 percent contained, and on behalf of myself and the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors, I would like to publicly thank the hundreds of firefighters who protected lives, homes as well as NID water and hydroelectric systems along the Bear River.
At the same time, I would like to share with the community the tremendous response and team effort displayed by NID employees during the massive fire.Learn more »
Regarding the letter to the editor on abortion to The Union on Aug. 1, Ron Lowe’s letter condemning Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for his pro-life position on abortion, which he believes disqualifies Walker from serving as President of the United States, typically falls back on the epithet of “extremist.” Doubtless he finds it necessary to resort to such name-calling following the recent revelation that Planned Parenthood has no objection to selling the organs of children in utero to the highest bidder.
Expressing amazement that Walker was elected governor in the liberal state of Wisconsin, Lowe cites as evidence of the governor’s extremism his signing of a bill that “outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy,” not to mention his “record” of “defunding Planned Parenthood, requiring doctors to have abortion privileges at nearby hospitals and requiring women to have and see ultrasounds.” But only an “extremist” supporter of abortion would object to these measures which are designed to discourage the “extreme” step of killing a developing child with potential well beyond premature extinction.Learn more »
I was at Congressman LaMalfa’s town hall. Congressman LaMalfa was politely and conscientiously explaining his position on the whole global warming issue, when a woman jumped up rudely shouting, calling LaMalfa a liar, etc., while storming out of the chambers.
Several people around joked about the “tolerant left” just left the building.Learn more »
“We’re a peaceful society.” That seems a bit disingenuous considering our past decade and a half (actually we could go back even further!). No, war doesn’t wait for us. Thanks to GWB and Cheney, it was instigated.
LaMalfa supports science as long as it’s real, not political! Are 98 percent of scientists political? Are their findings political? His stance on global warming is simply hanging on to the failed Republican stance! What is his connection to big oil and coal? What possible excuse does LaMalfa have for voting against reform?Learn more »
When the Lowell Fire first blew up, I stood on my deck watching the huge cloud with great concern. Within minutes, it seemed, Cal Fire aircraft were flying and laying down retardant.
I am sure that their quick response was the main reason that the fire was not as catastrophic as it might have become.Learn more »
On Aug. 6, I read the article, “Review: ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’ is strikingly intimate.” I wonder, did you happen to read this article before you printed it in your paper?
The film is apparently about a 15-year-old girl in San Francisco in the 1970s. Jake Coyle, the writer of this piece, asserts that the film “documents the transition she’s been craving … (of her) plunge into sex and adulthood.” The portrayal of this “plunge” is lauded as “gloriously honest.”Learn more »
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply is dedicated to preserving the environment by providing customers with state-of-the-art, organic growing supplies and the tools needed to apply them.
They’re also dedicated to promoting a healthy community and have been an outstanding supporter of Sierra Harvest’s programs through a business sponsorship that has created exceptional marketing videos of our programs and robust promotional materials improving awareness of our impact within the community.Learn more »
Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and progressive Democrats in congress are trading aborted babies and baby parts for votes. Yes, I said votes, period!
The Hillary and Obama gang falsely accuse Republicans of waging war on women. That’s a calculated political lie; it wasn’t Republicans who have killed millions of babies. Who do they think they’re kidding? Women’s rights? C’mon. Half of the millions murdered were baby “girls” who never got a chance to experience women’s rights.Learn more »
I would like to share my family’s experience with the Higgins Fire Department. My three children were paid volunteers and trained responders, on for nine years. I am very proud that my children had the opportunity to experience the sense of community that came with the job.
We live three miles from Station 21. Many times a call would come in that was in our area. Instead of going to the station they went straight to the call where they would be the first responders. This was a huge responsibility for young people just out of high school. Thanks to the training they received at Higgins they were confident they could handle the emergency whether it was fire, medical or traffic accident.Learn more »
Closing in on living in Nevada County for 40 years, I have always been a supporter of buy/shop locally. It is becoming more difficult to do so.
Advertisers ask for your business, but “sorry, we don’t take checks.” They do in Roseville. Here’s your $30 off coupon, just bring in the following. Without a PIN, you only get $10. Store policy (which your offer never mentioned). Here’s the coupon you sent to my house. Oops, shoes don’t include athletic shoes. Or the sporting goods store that excludes a specific brand (in small print) in their 10 percent off coupon while having the same brand on sale for 33 percent off.Learn more »
Tall Pines Estates community would like to thank the fire department, Sheriff’s Office, Search & Rescue and Emergency Medical Response for coming out showing support to our residents and families during our first National Night Out.
The families were able to see, touch, hear and receive handouts from each team, and feel that when needed one of these services they are available. National Night Out is for the public to know the services and organizations, tips to burglar proof their home, know where to go if there is a fire and know their personal information for medical response.Learn more »
There he goes again. Once again George Boardman takes an unnecessary attack on the Nevada County Tea Party with an outrageous statement, “If members of the Nevada County Tea Party are going to promote the Constitution to school kids, they should at least learn how to spell the word”.
Mr. Boardman’s arrogant attitude permeates all of his writings. He obviously thinks he is smarter than all The Union’s readers. Has he ever been to a Tea Party meeting? Has he ever sat down with any of their leaders? Of course not. This is not his first unsubstantiated attack against this group. Mr. Boardman needs to get out of his ivory tower and get down here with us common folks and discuss reality, not his fantasiesLearn more »
Regarding George Rebane’s Aug. 7 Other Voices on Planned Parenthood — if the sanctity of all human life is truly the central issue in the right to life movement, then why the blatantly exclusionary focus on women undergoing abortions?
If we play that infamous video of fetus body parts being pulled from a woman’s womb, why aren’t we playing a memory reel of the body parts of 20 children, ages 6 and 7 years old, being shattered and splayed across the classrooms at Sandy Hook Elementary?Learn more »
Are corporate profits more important than our local young people? I’m asking because one of the few places where our young people can go after school for snacks, drinks, and chats with friends, and see adults being sociable without alcohol, has applied for a license in Grass Valley to serve beer and wine along with food. Starbucks.
A quick check of the ABC’s website shows we already have 53 eating places with an active license for on-site sales with food — just in the 95945 zip code alone! Maybe some of you are thinking “I saw lots of drinking, and did lots of drinking, and turned out OK.” I’ve thought that about myself at times, but maybe we’d have a couple million more brain cells if we were different in our youth. Any day’s police blotter will show that many kids and adults don’t turn out okay, with many repeat DUI arrests — and some recent spectacular crashes.Learn more »
We need to work together
I was very disgusted to read the “All Lives Matter” Other Voices article written by Jim Goetsch in your Aug. 8 issue.Learn more »